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Well don't you guys have it rough? Those damn Buells have been calling loudly to me lately and I think the old CityX might just be winning me over. There ain't a bike you listed in the whole test that I would feel bad about owning. Life is good these days. Very good.
 

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Thanks guys. Always a great day when you get to ride "naked"



Question on the FZ-1; Has the '07 FI been "fixed" to resolve the snatchy low speed response? Or, is there a fairly resonable fix (pcIII, sync, pipe..etc) that has been used with good results?



(I got to use snatchy & naked in the same post)
 

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Re: A Cool Short for the Short of Inseam

Although you tested the XB12s Long, Buell also offers the XB12s cg, which is something NONE of the other naked bike makers offers: a real sportbike that people with short legs can ride.

Erik Buell is a wise man. He knows that short people also like to ride sportbikes and resent being relegated to the cruiser section of the showroom by virtually every other bike maker.
 

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I rode that thing, mon!

At Buttonwillow and on the street ride during the 2007 Buell press intro. It was pretty fun, too. In fact it was more fun than the Long, but I had already ordered the bike and it was too late to change to something else.
 

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I can't believe the Ducati and the Triumph weren't included instead of at least the Honda.



I think when most people think of 'hooligan' or 'naked' bikes, these are the two they picture.



Regardless, it's nice to see a naked bike comparison.
 

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Re: Big, Naked and Beautiful: Angelfood McDevilish

Well....

The big japanese bikes look and like run big japanese bikes. Wow, never would have guessed...

The Buell looks and handles like nothing else on Earth. And sounds like a Harley.

What can you call it? Buellatude? Buellisness? Buellaticity?

Buell baby, Buell. In 20 years when my Buell is converted to run on soilent green I'll hook a big wheelie by Johnson & Wood Cycle Salvage where all the big old Jap bikes reside.

After all, it is a Harley. And worth something more than money.
 

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I'll take the SX

The CityX is the Buell for me. I sincerely believe the long wheelbase version slows the steering down and kills the fun of the original XB series.

On the other hand, the Ulysses uses the same basic wheelbase as the Lightning Long, but the Uly's taller seat and wide bars make it much more comfortable and fun to ride.

So it is decided then: CityX for play and Ulysses for comfort and utility.

Have any other moto mysteries that need solving?

-Sean
 

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A naked standard test without a Ducati Monster is like a v-twin cruiser test without a Harley. I mean let's face it, the Monster is the definitive naked bike along with the Triumph and the MV Agusta (the KTM is cool too). The rest of these bikes are bland and will be forgotten completely down the road. I'm shopping for a standard right now and none of the bikes in your test are on my list. It's all subjective I suppose though isn't is...
 

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Re: Ask the man who owns one...

Yeah, you got it. Hows working at Kawasaki? Say hello to Ruth in import for me...
 

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I know you all hate posting real world data instead of that touchy-feely "what I would buy" subjective garbage, but those do factor into real world decision making. So, how about maintenance intervals and mpg numbers?



Also, and this is a little more subjective, how about an aftermarket parts comparison? The buell aftermarket is still getting started, I haven't ever seem much more than exhausts for the Kaw. The FZ1 is all new, byut yamaha is great with upgrade parts. The honda has been around for long enough for there to be a great aftermarket for it, but is there much else besides exhausts and wind-screens?
 

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Oh yeah, about the trans;

That was a pretty funny crack about the Swedes, granted, but lest y'all think that the Buell trannie is afflicted with false neutrals; no. There is only one neutral, and its right where its supposed to be. The upshift from 1st to 2nd is more of a 2-notch affair than a "snick", but aside from that shifting is perfectly acceptable.
 

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Buell Info

I have a 2004 XB12S Buell with 23,000 miles on it and have gotten the following.

Worst mileage 42 MPG

Average mileage 51.5 MPG

Best ever mileage 59.9 MPG

5,000 mile maintenance interval but I change my oil ever 2,500
 
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